Monthly Archives: March 2014

Renewing and Refreshing Your Skin

You know all the reasons that you should exfoliate:

  • Dead skin cells look dull, feel rough.
  • Dead skin cells block applied hydration and nutrients from reaching live skin cells.
  • Dead skin cells make cosmetics go on unevenly.

There are many more and I could probably fill this blog with what a nuisance dead skin cells are but that is not the purpose of my writing today. I’d like to focus instead on the ways we choose to remove dead skin cells and the relative merits of some methods. For one thing, many people do not know what is in a product if it is called an exfoliant or exfoliator. And that is because all that means is that it removes the dead skin cells. It doesn’t tell you in the name how it does it.

There are a lot of ways. Some of the most common are the put-on-peel-off masks. Those basically adhere to your skin and when you pull them off you take off a layer of dead skin. Then there are the abrasives. These work exactly like a gentle sandpaper. They have tiny beads, crystals, or other material in the cream and you apply it to your skin to remove the imperfections.

Then there are the peels. These can be formulated from fruit acids or various chemicals that peel away the top layer of skin. Some of these procedures have to be done in a doctor’s office and take weeks to heal. The gentler ones, made with Alpha Hydroxy Acid, are a natural fruit gel that smooth on and work by dissolving away the dull, dry cells and revealing the newer skin beneath. This simple method is safe to use at home and will not leave your skin red and irritated.

Our best AHA peel is made with 15% fruit acid gel and you only have to apply it, wait 2-3 minutes, and rinse off. Pat your face dry and apply your favorite moisturizer and your skin is fresh, smooth, and glowing!

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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling!

It’s St. Patrick’s Day and everyone is celebrating all things Irish. It got us thinking about the beautiful pictures of Irish women and girls on the greeting cards and posters. They all have either black hair, brows and eyelashes; or they are redheads. The one thing they all shared no matter what was that creamy Irish complexion. The redheads sometimes had the lightest dusting of freckles across the nose.

What would it take to have a complexion like that? Most American complexions have more of a bronzed look even if they are not tan. If, like many of us, we have an Hispanic or Italian heritage, then that light a color is not possible. A deeper skin tone is also the case for women of color of all types from African-American to Native American. But if you are light skinned with a medium dark hair color and you want that really pale skin you have to work for it.

First of all, never go outside at all without a full sunblock protecting your face. Make sure it is a full-spectrum UVA / UVB sunblock and apply it before you put on your makeup. Do your hands and wrists as well. Next, if you are prone to dark circles under your eyes, make sure and use a Vitamin K under eye cream to shrink those blood vessels and lighten the dark areas. You want to look as naturally pale as possible and looking tired or over-worked is not the answer.

Finally, make sure you use a clear powder foundation and only the lightest touch of blush and tinted lip gloss. Nothing heavy that would detract from the delicacy of your look. Then mascara on the top and bottom lashes so that your eyes stand out from that smooth, pale skin. That should do it.  The key is, again, to never go out without sun block.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, go find a green dress to put on!


What Women Need and Want

We are taking a brief break from our duties creating paraben-free anti-aging skin care to go with our friends at Beach Organics Skin Care to the Power Symposium now being held in Nashville, TN.

We aren’t exhibitors there, we’re just enjoying the atmosphere the Power Symposium always conjures up. That heady feeling that women are not just target demographics for large soap and cosmetics companies to prey on with products full of questionable ingredients and outrageous claims. It’s wonderful to walk around, talk to people, and mingle with companies and manufacturers that care about the women they sell to. That’s refreshing.

At Mango Madness Skin Care, we have proved for years that you do not need to use cheap fillers, questionable preservatives, or outright dangerous chemicals like formaldehyde to produce effective anti-aging face creams. We do so affordably, at a profit, with a conscience. Why is that so hard for other manufacturers. Sometimes we feel as if the anti-aging industry in general is corrupt and yet there are powerful and truly amazing ingredients now available to women that women want. Hyaluronic Acid, Squalane, and peptides are good examples of ingredients that have proven their power to restore skin tone, elasticity, smoothness and color. Vitamin E, Vitamin A and shea butter, cocoa butter, aloe and mango butters are all wonderful restoratives to dry skin cells that need hydration and renewal. But women do not need parabens, formaldehyde, triclosans, or any of the other ingredients now being found in skin care.

Manufacturer’s claim those are necessary to make skin care affordably. But some of those manufacturer’s products cost more than ours so we know that is simply untrue. That’s why mixing and mingling at the Power Symposium is such a treat. Everyone here is dedicated to health and wellness. What a wonderful mission, what wonderful attitudes.